At a time when Andhra Pradesh is expected to have a hung assembly after polls take place and
a coalition government seems to be on cards for the first time in the state,
Digvijaya Singh’s appointment as the in-charge of Congress affairs in the state is interesting.
It is significant considering his proximity to the family of YS Rajasekhara Reddy. While he was close to the
late chief minister, Singh is also on good terms with the present chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Analysts say he is the best bet for the role of go-between in case an alliance between Congress and YSRCP is inevitable.
“I think the appointment of Digvijaya Singh is well thought out. There is no better person to talk to Jagan Reddy and
YS Vijayalakshmi in case the need arises. It would be a win-win situation for both the Congress and
YSRCP as none of them is in a position to come to power on its own, and someone like Digvijaya Singh is expected to
play a pivotal role,” said a minister in the Kiran Reddy cabinet.
The Congress high command made Digvijaya Singh AICC general secretary in-charge of AP, Karnataka, and Goa.
He will replace Gulam Nabi Azad in Andhra Pradesh as the in-charge. A team of four would assist Singh.
While Kiran Reddy was quick to welcome Singh’s appointment, the news lifted the spirits even in YSR Congress
on Sunday as the party leaders took this as a good sign while expecting their chief Jagan Reddy to come out
from Chanchalguda Jail where he is serving term as an undertrial in an illegal assets case.
However, the YSR Congress chose to be circumspect. “We have nothing to do with Digvijaya Singh’s appointment
as it is an internal affair of the Congress. As of now, we are not looking for any alliance with that
party,” said Mysora Reddy, a senior leader of the party.
Except for his closeness to the YSR family, Digvijaya Singh’s credentials have been questioned as an election-winner.
The latest example being UP where he was in-charge and the Congress received a drubbing in the assembly polls.